Wednesday, November 6 • 10:45am–11:45am • $50 • Palomino C
W09 – Lighting & Human Biology: An Exploration of the Effect of Light on Our Well-Being & Implications for the Built Environment
[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Health, Safety & Wellness; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials]
[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved ]
This presentation will explore the relationship between lighting, human biology, and well-being.
Research in the field of chronobiology, the science of biological rhythms, has shown that light is a synchronizing agent that regulates the region of our brain that controls our circadian rhythms. This in turn affects multiple dimensions of our well-being including mood, alertness, and physical health and recovery from injury, and more.
Findings on specific light wavelengths and colour have further enhanced our understanding of how light and illumination have both a biological and behavioral impact on us. Providing an overview of the science and research, we will demonstrate how illumination of a space can impact users and occupants through the relationship between chronobiology and the science of lighting.
Finally, we will unpack "physiological architecture," and its implications for industry professionals. What could we gain from considering how illumination levels, wavelengths, and perceived colour impact our health, mood, productivity, and cognitive acuity? How can we account for human biology and the science of light when designing to support the well-being of occupants and users?
Come be part of the conversation and discuss how we can further evolve the built environment.